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Joint Commission seeks electronic quality measure success stories

As part of its new Pioneers in Quality portal, The Joint Commission is asking hospitals to give their stories on the electronic clinical quality measures (eCQM). Hospitals are asked to share the problems they overcame and the successes they had while implementing the eCQM and transmitting eCQM data.

Anyone interested in participating is encouraged to use The Joint Commission’s Core Measure Solution Exchange to submit their stories. Click here to get more information on the Core Measure Solution Exchange and to sign up.

Joint Commission releases Sentinel Event Alert on suicide screening

A new Sentinel Event Alert from The Joint Commission focuses on how primary, emergency, and behavioral healthcare facilities and staff can better identify and treat suicidal patients.

Suicides are the 10th leading cause of death in America, resulting in 41,149 deaths in 2013.  The Joint Commission’s Sentinel Event Database has logged 1,089 reports of patient suicides between 2010-2014, with the most common cause being failure to assess a patient as suicidal.

Sentinel Event Alert 56 advises physicians how to conduct screening, risk assessment, safety, treatment, discharge, and follow-up care recommendations for at-risk individuals.

Click here for the Joint Commission’s infographic on detecting and treating suicide ideation. 

And click here for Joint Commission requirements involving suicide.

JCR launches JCCAP certification program

Last week while we were in Orlando preparing for the AHAP conference, Joint Commission Resources (JCR) announced the release of the Joint Commission Certified Accreditation Professional (JCCAP) program, a professional certification program designed specifically for Joint Commission accreditation professionals.

To get the JCCAP credential, accreditation professionals must pass an exam on topics surrounding The Joint Commission accreditation standards and processes. The exam focuses on the standards areas of Medical Staff, Environment of Care, and Leadership, as well as patient safety, ongoing performance and organizational analysis, and requirements of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) related to hospitals.

Eligibility for the JCCAP includes:

  • Baccalaureate degree or higher and current employment at a hospital or healthcare organization/system for a minimum of two years; or an associate’s degree or RN and five years experience in an accreditation preparation, assistance, coordination, management or maintenance role
  • Current job description of the applicant
  • Letter confirming current position and responsibilities from an organization executive
  • Maintaining certification requires 30 JCR continuing education credits during the three-year certification period, or successfully completing the recertification exam and 10 continuing education credits.

Application opens on September 5, 2012, and the exam will be offered quarterly, starting in January 2013. Visit Joint Commission Resources for a more information.

Certification programs are a great way to distinguish and recognize the accreditation profession and achieve individual professional growth. Did you know that the Certified Specialist in Healthcare Accreditation (CSHA) certification program covers all accrediting bodies and accepts a wide range of continuing education credits (JCR, HCPro, IHI, and more)? Click here to read more about the CSHA certification program.